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By MasterTorian on 05-02-18
Great story and narration, with caveats.
First, the narrator was good. Not great, but a solid 4 stars.
Some of his dialogue inflections didn't quite match the descriptions (particularly in the case of Mckenzie), and I would have liked to have heard some tempo changes for mood (faster narration during tense or scary parts). But overall he did well.
Now, there are a few issues with the writing, but Ken still told a great story here.
There are some clunky phrases, some not-so-believable dialogue, some misused/incorrect words, excessive repetition, and a LOT of adverbs.
Much like Stephen King, the story makes up for all those problems.
Mason is a great character, one that I swing from identifying with too severely disliking, to loving throughout the course of the story.
But really, Mckenzie is the glue that holds the whole thing together. And she does it brilliantly. I can't help thinking there's some Clementine (from Telltale games' The Walking Dead video game) influence at work here.
My one genuine complaint when the book is the cliffhanger ending.
Of course, in the zombie apocalypse any ending is going to be a cliffhanger, but the fact that our main conflict (finding aunt Sarah) is not resolved is a problem for me as a reader.